By Riju Agarwal, The Huffington Post | June 9, 2016
During the 2014 general election, I, along with many other NRIs, pledged my vicarious support to the BJP and Narendra Modi. Any arguments that called into question Modi’s dubious human rights record and worrisome support for the Hindutva-oriented Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) fell on deaf ears. I was quick to exculpate Modi for these lapses as I was too enamoured, even distracted, by his extravagant promises of growth, change, and “acchhe din”, and therefore unable to recognize his stirring speeches for the unattainable campaign promises they quickly proved to be. I would often argue in response, “Look, nobody is clean, every politician in India has dozens of skeletons in his closet. Is the Congress government not riddled with criminals as well?” Continue reading
A number of IAS aspirants coached by Samkalp, an institute inspired by the right wing, have been making it to the civil services.
By Nilanjan Mukhopadhyay Source: www.dailyo.in
Recent reports that Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh’s (RSS) joint general secretary (Sah Sarkaryawah) Krishna Gopal will lecture Sasuccessful civil service candidates on July 17 in Delhi in the course of which he will mainly talk about nationalistic ideas, does not come as a surprise. Continue reading
Source: FirstPost | June 21, 2016
Political psychologist Ashis Nandy believes that the main reason for the BJP to appoint unqualified people to important institutional posts is because the party lacks intellectuals and competent people within its ranks. At the same time, the BJP does not trust outsiders to take on these responsibilities. In a conversation with Monobina Gupta, Nandy explains why he does not believe that India is moving towards fascism, and how the government is ill-equipped to deal with the pressures and contradictions of an expanding, new middle class. Continue reading
By Sandipan Sharma, FirstPost | June 17, 2016
In a bid to discredit former Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru, dozens of myths are being propagated to make him look like a half-wit, whose policies and ideology somehow deprived India of its deserved status of a global superpower and pegged the country back by several years. Continue reading
By Sourodipto Sanyal, India Resists | June 15, 2016
Bharatiya Janata Party legislator and Muzzaffarnagar riots accused Hukum Singh, recently backtracked and said the issue of families leaving Kairana, a city in Western Uttar Pradesh is not a Hindu- Muslim issue. He had earlier claimed it to be a communal issue where Hindu families were victims of a mass exodus. Reports by the Times of India, Indian Express and others suggest the claims of mass exodus is a fabrication. Continue reading
The 82-year-old economist came down heavily on the culture of people being branded anti-national for not ‘toeing a certain line’.
Source: Scroll | June 17, 2016
Nobel laureate Amartya Sen on Thursday came down heavily on the culture of branding people who do not follow a particular set of norms “anti-national”, reported NDTV. “One issue that keeps coming up in India is people being branded ‘anti-national’ for not toeing a certain line,” the 82-year-old economist said at a London School of Economics event organised to celebrate the 125th birth anniversary of Dr BR Ambedkar. Continue reading
Mayawati said the state’s Samajwadi Party government was not in a position to show the truth behind the conspiracy, “which could have led to serious riots”, as it is in connivance with the BJP.
“It was the media which exposed the BJP’s ploy,” BSP chief Mayawati said on Tuesday. (Source: Express photo by Vishal Srivastav)
By Express News Service | Source: The Indian Express| June 15, 2016
Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) chief Mayawati Tuesday accused the BJP of “creating” the issue of alleged migration of Hindu families from Kairana to divert attention from its candidates’ defeat in the Rajya Sabha and Legislative Council elections in Uttar Pradesh. Continue reading